CT Open Data Guide: Economy

DataHaven resources

Some of our most popular resources for economic data include:

  1. DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey - numerous survey questions related to workforce development, employment, financial stress, and banking included in our survey of over 16,000 randomly-selected adults in Connecticut, produce local-level data about Connecticut that are not available from any other source.
  2. Greater New Haven Community Index - and other reports on the Reports page of the DataHaven website.
  3. DataHaven Community and Neighborhood Profiles - by area, town and neighborhood. We are currently updating this resource; please contact us if you can't find the profile you need.

Some of our favorite outside sources of economic data

  1. Connecticut Department of Labor Research Office http://www1.ctdol.state.ct.us/lmi/research.asp - a reliable source for a wide range of frequently-updated data related to businesses, wages, employment, and other topics at the town level within Connecticut.

  2. U.S. Census Bureau Overview of Economic Statistical Programs: http://www.census.gov/econ/overview/ This Overview describes Census Bureau programs that provide statistics about U.S. businesses and governments.

  3. Connecticut Municipal Fiscal Indicators http://www.ct.gov/opm/cwp/view.asp?a=2984&q=383170 Municipal Fiscal Indicators is an annual compendium of information compiled by the Office of Policy and Management, Intergovernmental Policy Division (IGP), Municipal Finance Services Unit (MFS). The data contained in Indicators provides key financial and demographic information on municipalities in Connecticut. Municipal Fiscal Indicators contains the most current financial data available for each of Connecticut's 169 municipalities.

  4. Spotlight on Poverty: Connecticut page with key data on poverty and economic need, as well as links to articles and studies on the subject.http://www.spotlightonpoverty.org/map-detail.aspx?state=Connecticut

  5. United Way 2-1-1 Reports: Contains reports by topic area about calls to Connecticut’s free information and referral service, which helps improve access to various services.http://www.ctunitedway.org/Media/reports.asp

  6. American Factfinder, at factfinder.census.gov, is an online portal to selected U.S. Census Bureau data sets, including those on housing costs, income, poverty, economic output, businesses, commute mode, and many other economic topics. Data from the U.S. Economic Census (2012 being most recent) is also hosted on this site. Please contact DataHaven if you have trouble finding what you need on this expansive site.

  7. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston New England Economic Indicators Page: http://www.bostonfed.org/economic/regional/index.htm

  8. MetroTrends, at MetroTrends.org, is the Urban Institute's report card on metropolitan America. The site provides up-to-date indicators of social and economic conditions and trends in metro areas nationwide, along with commentary on what they mean for workers, families, businesses, and neighborhoods.

  9. Measure of America, at measureofamerica.org, is a tool for understanding the distribution of well-being and opportunity throughout America. The American Human Development Project provides easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding the distribution of well-being and opportunity in America and stimulating fact-based dialogue about key issues: health, education, and living standards.

  10. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Stats, at https://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Stats-2, is a website with a wide range of tables that describe and measure the U.S. tax system. One particularly interesting dataset is the IRS income (SOI) data at the ZIP code level: https://www.irs.gov/uac/SOI-Tax-Stats-Individual-Income-Tax-Statistics-ZIP-Code-Data-(SOI). These data show ZIP Code-level data on selected income and tax items, based on individual income tax returns filed with the IRS and are available for Tax Years 1998, 2001, 2004 through 2013. The data include Number of returns, which approximates the number of households; Number of personal exemptions, which approximates the population; Adjusted gross income, Wages and salaries, Dividends before exclusion, and Interest received and are useful for neighborhood-based comparisons of income.

  11. Related to the above, the Brookings Institution Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) interactive and resources page, at http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/eitc, provides users with access to IRS data on on all tax filers and on filers who claim the EITC are available for all ZIP codes, cities, counties, metropolitan areas, states, state legislative districts, and congressional districts in the United States.

  12. OnTheMap, at onthemap.ces.census.gov, is based on data from the Census Bureau and state partners in the LED partnership. The LED partnership develops information about local labor market conditions at low cost, with no added respondent burden, and with the same confidentiality protections afforded census and survey data. OnTheMap includes data that is highly useful for developing information regarding jobs, wages, and commuting patterns. Related to this, the Census Bureau's Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics program, has a wide variety of useful data products, particularly the QWI and LED extraction tool, at http://lehd.ces.census.gov/data/

  13. US Department of Labor Guide to Using State and Local Workforce Data http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/workforcedata_guide.pdf

  14. The Connecticut Open Data Portal has a Business section, with raw data on topics such as brownfields, sales, and tax credits, at https://data.ct.gov/browse?category=Business

View additional data sources on the Connecticut economy, including maps and links to external sources, on our Data Resources page. Or contact us to suggest other sources we should feature.